About Me

Winter 2014

I started this web page when I began my path as an MBA candidate two years ago. I thought I’d following my path along the way with an eye toward how much that journey into capitalism might change me.  At that time I thought my fight might be to hold on to my compassion and humanity. Luckily my deep drive and need for equity and fairness is a much stronger force than anything academia or business school can conjure.  Instead I left with a understanding of why this world has felt so wrong for so long. I get it now. This life is chess game and may of us have been made pawns. Upon graduation, I became a Queen, so beware.

I am officially, Diedra Barber, MBA  – still wholly revolutionary in my state of mind and understanding of what I see as possible in this world. Words and stringing them together in poem, story, study or observation form is still as necessary to me as breathing.

That being said, welcome to my home in the clouds. May you visit often and leave thinking WTF!? and/or challenged and/or outraged and/or loved and/or inspired.

Fall 2013

I have a vision for executing clear mission driven social impact business ideas within a for-profit business structure. My interests and talents lie in how we compassionately engage, train, and coach employees and clients. My curiosity and creativity are sparked by the ways in which empathy, authenticity and transparency disrupt communication roadblocks that hinder innovation, inspiration and impactful alliances.

I am an MBA student (class of 2013), 2013 Goldman Sachs Business Leadership Award recipient, 2013 Education Pioneers Summer Fellow and former Non-Profit Program Director. I am an education equity and compassion and empathy enthusiast.

Do you appreciate having hard but necessary conversations to empower, engage and explore next level thinking? Do you believe in growth and evolving thoughts? Do you have the courage to speak truths w/ self-awareness and respect? Seth Godin writes, “A tribe is a group of people connected to one another, connected to a leader, and connected to an idea. For millions of years, human beings have been part of one tribe or another. A group needs only two things to be a tribe: a shared interest and a way to communicate.” I do not believe business innovation and commitment to ethical social impact and behavior are mutually exclusive. If you agree, we are of one tribe, so lets connect, lets communicate.

For many the exploration of compassion, empathy and authenticity are relegated to the non-profit world. But why? Perhaps it is…in your world and there it ends for you, if so, best of luck to you, seriously. For those who get it, who too want to disrupt, innovate and inspire with greater self-awareness, compassion, empathy…what are you waiting for? Hit that connection button. Lets join tribes, be curious visionaries together, motivated to engage and explore, to inspire and innovate, to create and collaborate. In the words of John Lennon, “A dream you dream alone is only a dream. A dream you dream together is reality.”

Winter 2012

And here you are, you found me. 😉

I am just a junkie for information, a product of Gen X still searching for some where to fit, for some where to belong. In any event, this is a chronicling of that search, starting over yet again at age 38 but this time from within  the belly of the beast I  call capitalism and the how to of corporate & world domination. Most everyone else calls it a Master’s in Business Administration.

Empathic and super attached to my humanity, business school in the current world of socially responsible business, growing interest in social enterprise and for-benefit corporations vs. unprecedented corporate profits and executive greed, growing class divide and the Occupy movement  is proving to be an interesting experience.

I’ve challenged myself to read at least 6-12 articles a day regarding  economics, financing, philanthropy, social innovation, technology, management etc.  Is it true what Audre Lorde said that, “the master’s tool will never dismantle the master’s house”? I don’t know but I’m doing my best to explore the affirmative and the negative.

Since a knowing Professor HIGHLY recommended that we all own our name URL I decided to use this space and opportunity to track the articles I am reading and my responses to them. I’m interested to see 2 years from now, if B school changes me. Will I move from a having a big heart to having no heart or fall somewhere in between?



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